Sawfish rostrum

Chordata – Chondrichthyes


Sawfish are a type of ray and are therefore related to sharks. Found in both marine and freshwater, these predatory fish get their name from their long snouts lined with sharp teeth (rostrum). They use these teeth to injure prey which they then eat. There are 7 species of sawfish. Freshwater sawfish are a traditional food source for Aboriginal people living in the north of Western Australia.

Did you know?

Sawfish are a totally protected species so it is illegal to harm them or have a rostrum in your possession.